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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

How're Things in Wapakoneta?


Jackie's a little peeved with me because I can't recall watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The truth is, she was excited about it back in 1969 while I didn't much care.
She saw something about the moon landing on TV yesterday, or maybe it was this morning, so I said, "Did they mention that Armstrong is from Wapakoneta?"
"Nobody cares that he's from Wapakoneta."
"I care. The people in Wapakoneta care."
"Why couldn't he have come from a town in Ohio with a pretty name?"
"You mean like Ashtabula or Piqua, Gallipolis or Knockemstiff?"
"Not Gallipolis, it's -"
"It's pronounced Gallup-uh-lees. Rhymes with police. The police in Gallup-uh-lees -"
"That's enough!"
"OK. Then how about Piqua?"
"No. Even the people who live in Piqua can't decide how to pronounce the name of the place."
"We saw a football game in Piqua. The chief came riding out on a horse, remember?"
"What has that got to do with landing on the moon?"
"For one thing, Piqua nearly always beats Wapakoneta in football."
"That does it. Forget I mentioned it. I give up."
Sometimes I just don't understand women.

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